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BMC cracks down on illegal posters in Mumbai

In accordance with high court orders, civic chief asks officials to remove illegal posters, initiate prosecution

mumbai Updated: Jan 23, 2016 00:25 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) told the Bombay high court on Thursday that it had removed 15,021 illegal posters, banners and hoardings from across the city.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) told the Bombay high court on Thursday that it had removed 15,021 illegal posters, banners and hoardings from across the city.(File photo)

In tandem with the Bombay high court’s directive, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta has asked civic officials to ensure that all illegal posters, banners and hoardings are removed by January 26.

He has also asked civic officials to initiate prosecution against the people who have put up the illegal posters as well as those whose photos appear on them under the Defacement Act.

In a meeting held earlier this week, Mehta directed the deputy municipal commissioners of all the zones to ensure there are no illegal posters by Republic Day.

According to the minutes of the meeting (a copy of which is with HT), Mehta has asked officials to create awareness in their respective areas. The move comes after the court slammed the civic bodies across the state for allowing illegal political posters to be put up. The court also warned political parties of contempt in case of non-compliance.

Such posters can be seen at large on occasions such as birthdays of leaders, appointment of a leader to a post in party/government or before the arrival of prominent leaders to the city.

Pallavi Darade, additional municipal commissioner, in-charge of the license department said, “Following the court orders, we have initiated a massive campaign to remove all illegal posters. We have also started a facility online –where citizens can upload pictures of illegal hoardings in their areas.”

However, the civic body’s campaign has not had a major impact in reality. Some civic officials said the city saw an increase in the number of illegal posters owing to the visit of prominent leaders last week.

A civic official requesting anonymity said, “There were a huge number of illegal posters in Kurla owing to Arvind Kejriwal’s visit for a court case. We have started the process of removing the posters.”

Though the civic body claims to have removed more than 15,000 posters in the city over the last one year, citizens are still complaining of political posters defacing the city.

Nikhil Desai, an activist from Matunga said, “There are huge posters in King’s Circle, Matunga. The monorail pillars in Wadala are full of banners of all major political parties.”

Another activist, Godfrey Pimenta said, “There are two banners right outside the airport. The political parties will not learn a lesson unless the court orders harsher punishment.”